Marlene Smith

May, 2004


With Springtime (finally?) in the air, it would seem that everything is blooming! It’s great to finally see everything getting so green and lush, especially after this bitter Winter season that just seemed to go on forever. In my new place, which as some of you know is NOT out in the boondocks, I can hear the frogs at night singing their love songs and even some turkeys adding to the chorus. Of course, after listening to them for the past few weeks, I am thinking that they should start keeping it down a bit, as they seem to be getting a little rambunctious.

This transformation of the seasons, and all that goes with it, has started me thinking about change. Sometimes change can be upsetting and add stress. As a general policy, I usually don’t invite change in and welcome it with tea and cookies. I think, like most people, we like to maintain the status quo…to find that happy balance and try and preserve it. We put so much energy into keeping anything from upsetting the apple cart, that we never give change an opportunity to visit and stay awhile.

It’s easy to ignore the benefits of change, because the process to get there is sometimes so painful. But without change, we never grow as individuals. Without that process, we never get the opportunity to renew ourselves, reinvent, rekindle that spark that makes us all so unique and different from each other…so incredibly ourselves!

Many of us know the parable of the boiled frog (I guess we have a frog theme this month!). A frog dropped in water too hot to live in will quickly jump out of it. However, if you put a frog in cold water and warm it slowly, it will stay in so long that as soon as it realizes that the circumstances have become hazardous, it is too late and unable to escape.

Without change…prompting us, pushing us, causing us to introspect and look at ourselves, examine who we are and what we’re about, we become that frog. Though change is not always easy, it can be good. It’s Springtime out there – a time to renew and grow…my best wishes for all of you on your journey through life’s changes!

"Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change." Ramsay Clark

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